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Shikasta. by Doris Lessing

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Published by Cactus Editions in Greece .
Written in English


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Pagination415p. ;
Number of Pages415
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Open LibraryOL22817644M

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Shikasta - the outsider's name for Earth - is presented in a series of vingettes, case studies, and partial exchanges of letters. Perhaps the intent was to create a mosaic from those many pieces. I just found it fragmentary; somehow, it never formed a whole, coherent image for me. Also, this book is longer than the others in the set/5(2). The first novel, Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta, encompasses millions of years of Earth's evolution and uses several contrasting styles and manners to do it, from the manic stupidities of "the Devil," to the lofty ruminations of "the Gods," but Lessing is also able to write the simple and sorrowful story of a single teen-age girl, whirled out.   Lessing's latest project, a series entitled Canopus in Argos—Archives, will (if this first volume is any indication) firmly pull together and extend all the most controversial elements of her recent work. Shikasta does not flirt with science-fiction premises, but conspicuously adopts them, much like that remarkable story Report on the Threatened City. Shikasta is the first book in Lessing's science fiction series, and it is very much a long, Rereading it now i felt differently, it was both a lot easier but also a lot less impressive. A white woman who grew up in Zimbabwe back when it was Rhodesia become a nobel laureate in literature last year/5.

  Though Shikasta is not a Christian book, I think it is a Calvinist one: it affirms the radical irresponsibility of mankind. Salvation is not by works but by grace alone, not by the soul's effort. Shikasta is not an easy book to get into. Like Ursula K. LeGuin’s Always Coming Home or Olaf Stapeldon’s Last and First Men, it defies the idea of a conventional novel to present an original and challenging vision. Shikasta is a remarkable attempt to portray the intersection of personal, social, and cosmic clashes and the emergence of. Free download or read online Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in , and was written by Doris Lessing. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Hardcover format. The main characters of this science fiction, fiction story are,/5. The 5 books are: Shikasta - Re: Colonised Planet 5 - The Marriages Between Zones Three Four and Five - The Sirian Experiments Report by Ambien II of the Five - The Making Of The Representative of Planet 8 - Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire This initial book sets the scene for all the others to a greater (book 3) or lesser (books 2,4,5 4/5().

  This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: ted as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives/5(15). Shikasta is a science fiction novel. The full title is Re: Colonised Planet 5, h Nobel Prize in Literature-winner Doris Lessing wrote it as the first book in her five-book Canopus in Argos series. Alfred A. Knopf published it first in the United States in October Jonathan Cape published the book in the United Kingdom in November Cited by: 4. Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (often shortened to Shikasta) is a science fiction novel by British Nobel Prize in Literature-winner Doris Lessing, and is the first book in her five-book Canopus in Argos series. It was first published in the United States in October by Alfred A. Knopf, and in the United Kingdom in November by Jonathan Cape. The book itself is a diverse collection of archives (direct reports from emissaries, excerpts from history books, diaries, letters, etc.) meant to give first-year Canopean students a picture of the empire’s disastrous involvement on Shikasta. Oh — and I should probably mention that Shikasta .